Baker feels frustrated after pointless streak

Carl Baker against Burnley. Pic: Lee Scriven
Carl Baker against Burnley. Pic: Lee Scriven

Coming away from away games at Middlesbrough and Burnley without a point is more frustrating than Carl Baker imagined.

Dons weren’t expected to compete with either side, but didn’t look out of place at the Riverside or Turf Morr, despite losing on both occasions.

And given the performances in both matches, not picking up anything from either game left Baker feeling frustrated.

“It’s frustrating because we feel we should be getting more,” he said. “Hopefully it’ll balance out in the season.

“We’ve got to take it on the chin and keep our heads up. It’s not like we’re being well beaten, we’re holding our own and playing well. I think Burnley were shocked how good a game we gave them.

“We expected we could get points at places like this. Teams underestimate us.

“I think people will start respecting us a bit more when they see the clips of how we play. We’ll hold our own.”

Baker scored his fourth goal of the season on Tuesday - the first goal Dons have scored in the league since August 18 - heading home Samir Carruthers’ cross to equalise.

And while he was pleased to score, Baker said he was happier to be handed a starting role.

He said: “It’s good to get another goal, I’ve started quite well in that sense.

“As soon as Samir hung it up there, I fancied my chances. I got a run on the full back. I don’t score many headers, but I knew I was going to power it.

“The keeper got a hand on it which scared me a little, but I was glad to see it go in!

“It’s always nice to score, but it’s not as nice when you don’t get the points.

“It was nicer to get the start to be honest, it has been frustrating starting on the bench recently. I accept it’s part of the rotation, but it’s nice to be starting.”